Mercy Healthcare Saint Louis , MO 63150
We're a Little Different
Our mission is clear. We bring to life a healing ministry through our compassionate care and exceptional service.
We don't believe in jobs at Mercy, we believe in careers that match the unique gifts of unique individuals; careers that not only make the most of your skills and talents, but also your heart.
At Mercy, you'll feel our supportive community every step of your day, especially the tough ones. We're a team and love working that way. That team is expanding, and we currently have exceptional opportunities to help our communities grow.
While this is a PRN position, there is potential to grow this role into part or full time.
Responsibilities and Qualifications
Provides quality medical nutrition therapy for patient/ clients and promotes nutrition education to co-workers, staff and community. Collaborates with medical staff, nursing and appropriate ancillary departments to provide timely and effective implementation of nutrition care plans.
a. Follows procedures for completion of patient and co-worker incident/injury reports.
b. Follows confidentiality policies and procedures
c. Complies with patient identification policy.
d. Complies with infection control guidelines.
e. Complies with patient rights and regulations.
Coordination of Services
a. Participates in department performance improvement activity.
b. Prioritizes appropriately and utilizes good judgment in use of time.
c. Works effectively as a multidisciplinary team member.
d. Provides nutrition care of patient with appropriate follow-up per policy/procedure.
e. Professional, courteous interaction with parents/ family members, peers and other hospital personnel.
a. Develops and implements nutrition education programs and education materials.
b. Assists with orientation/teaching of new staff and students.
c. Participates in department projects, committees and in services.
a. Utilizes assessment skills to identify existing or potential nutrition risk factors.
b. Provides Malnutrition diagnosis/clinical documentation using Mercy Adult Malnutrition Guidelines, Nutrition Focused Physical Examination and Mercy Malnutrition documentation process.
c. Interviews patient/ significant others to obtain information needed to develop appropriate diet/nutrition education plan.
d. Uses the Nutrition Care Process to design, initiate, update and maintain nutrition care plans to reflect the changing nutrition need of the patient/client.
e. Documents assessments, follow-up monitoring and education in appropriate areas if the electronic medical record. Records pertinent information in the department patient care record in an accurate and timely manner.
f. Provides appropriate nutrition education to patient/client/significant other to fulfill individual needs.
g. Provide food/drug interaction education to patient/client per policy.
h. Monitors lab, anthropometric data and intake to adjust nutrition care plan as per policy.
i. Assesses patients for enteral feeding (tube feeding) regimen.
Calculates energy, protein, fluid and other nutrient needs for tube fed patients. Translates these needs into tube feeding recommendations.
j. Calculates energy, protein and other nutrient needs for patients receiving TPN/PPN. Translates these needs into parenteral fluid recommendations.
k. Confers with other clinical staff on unusually complex assessment/medical nutrition therapy situations.
l. Facilitates communication and collaboration among other health care team members.
a. Attends multidisciplinary rounds per nursing unit practice.
b. Demonstrates good customer and guest relation skills.
c. Demonstrates active listening skills.
d. Demonstrates proper telephone management techniques.
a. Maintains clinical knowledge base through continuing education and applies evidence based knowledge to current practice of medical nutrition care.
b. Maintains specialty certification through governing organization.
c. Demonstrates knowledge of patient information system, computer/printer functions.
Each career at Mercy represents unique members of our caring ministry's "body", working together for the health and strength of the whole. To achieve our goals, we need all the parts functioning at their best and this requires the specific qualifications that you'll bring with you:
Education: Must be a graduate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics approved Dietetic Internship Program.
Certifications: Must be registered with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and maintain registration status. Must maintain licensure within the State of Missouri , Certified Nutrition Support Clinician (CNSC), Certified Diabetes Educator or other clinical specialty.
Preferred Experience: Two to four years of pediatric clinical nutrition experience preferred.
We'll Support You at Work and Home
Our foundations are built on dignity and respect. Modern Healthcare Magazine named us as a "top 100 places to work." We go out of our way to help people feel welcomed.
We offer day-one comprehensive health, vision and dental coverage, PTO, and employer-matched retirement funds, even to part-time employees. We're proud to provide tuition reimbursement to help you grow and learn new skills.
What Makes a Good Match for Mercy
Compassion and professionalism go hand-in-hand with us, along with exceptional quality care. Having a positive outlook and a strong sense of advocacy is in perfect step with our mission and vision.
We're also collaborative and are not afraid to do a little extra to deliver excellent care that's just part of our commitment. If that sounds like a fit for you as well, we encourage you to apply.